Former defence chief backs call for bigger defence budget
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Lord Houghton says defence programme is unaffordable

The former head of the armed forces, Lord Houghton, has said Britain must increase defence spending if it wants to remain a world military power. He said the government's current programme was unaffordable.

A report by the Defence Select Committee recommends increasing the defence budget to 3% of GDP.

Speaking on Radio 4's Today Progamme, Lord Houghton said Britain must decide whether it can afford its current commitments and made a comparison with the government's promise to the NHS of an extra £20bn a year by 2023.

  • 26 Jun 2018
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